Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Nov 2006, 11:52pm by Guest

Will Jason Campbell Save the Redskins?

The Redskins traded up to get Jason Campbell in the first round of the 2005 draft; this week, they finally hand him the keys to the car. David Lewin uses this opportunity to revisit the college quarterback projection system he introduced in Pro Football Prospectus 2006. The system has been extremely accurate in 2006 -- just ask Philip Rivers -- and it predicts that Campbell will become a star.

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48 comments, Last at 29 Nov 2006, 10:27pm by David Lewin

03 Nov 2006, 01:53pm by Guest

The Bears Trend

Everybody is talking about Chicago as Super Bowl favorites. Some people even talk about the Bears going 16-0. Is there anybody out there willing to stand astride the Chicago bandwagon, yelling "stop?" Guest columnist Douglas Walters volunteers, pointing out that the Bears are swimming upstream against the trends.

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95 comments, Last at 29 Nov 2007, 8:55pm by footballprofessor

13 Oct 2006, 02:45pm by Guest

The Game Charters Speak

This week, we give Mike Tanier a well-deserved week off and turn Too Deep Zone over to our game charters. After watching every game of the season on tape, they have insights on a number of teams, among them Pittsburgh, Chicago, Seattle, Miami, and Buffalo.

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83 comments, Last at 17 Oct 2006, 2:43pm by Wanker79

10 Aug 2006, 04:34pm by Guest

Never Punting

When you punt, you turn the ball over to the other team. So why isn't a punt considered a turnover? Starting from this idea, guest columnist Jason Scheib has developed a fascinating theory that teams might win more if they accepted a four-down mindset and never punted the ball. Come explore a dramatically counterintuitive strategy for winning football games.

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187 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2009, 3:34pm by Nelson

07 Aug 2006, 01:38pm by Guest

Does the NFL Preseason Matter?

The NFL preseason is pointless, right? Maybe not -- as long as you know where to look for meaning. Guest columnist Patrick Allison shows that a game in the preseason can help tell us what will happen if those two teams meet again during the regular season. (Note: This is the research Aaron referenced in last Sunday's New York Times.)

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56 comments, Last at 16 Aug 2006, 5:45pm by Pat

26 Jul 2006, 12:35pm by Guest

Ken Anderson and the Hall of Fame, Revisited

In PFP 2005, we listed Ken Anderson with two of the top ten QB seasons since 1960. So why does he receive so little consideration for the Hall of Fame? David Lewin analyzes Steve McNair's HOF chances in the brand new Pro Football Prospectus 2006; here, he uses those same tools to compare Anderson and his 1970s contemporaries.

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91 comments, Last at 01 Apr 2009, 11:46am by GJones

26 Jun 2006, 11:13am by Guest

Quarterbacks and Fourth Quarter Comebacks

When you think of fourth-quarter heroics in the NFL, you think of quarterbacks. John Elway willing his team to victory over and over. Tom Brady marching the Patriots down the field for two last-minute Super Bowl wins. Flutie Magic. Is there really a measurable difference between quarterbacks when it comes to leading fourth-quarter comebacks? Does the list of the best fourth-quarter quarterbacks actually match our memories? And why do we tend to blame coaches for losing late leads, and give them far less credit than the quarterbacks when it comes to comebacks? Jason McKinley investigates.

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95 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 4:33pm by Ray

03 Jun 2006, 11:01pm by Guest

Four Downs: NFC South

Good times in the NFC South, as the Falcons get a first-round cornerback in the second round and the Saints get a first-pick player with the second pick. They also may have snagged the best undrafted free agent available. Meanwhile, Carolina makes an unexpected choice at running back, and Tampa Bay makes some unexpected choices on the offensive line. Sean McCormick has Best Player Available analysis and Darrel Michaud has the rest of the news from around the division in the latest edition of Four Downs.

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61 comments, Last at 24 Jun 2006, 2:10am by Stephen Yang

24 Apr 2006, 04:43pm by Guest

Draft Position

Take the best player available, some say. Draft for need, some say. Guest columnist Tim Murray says that based on the composition of NFL rosters, draft players at different positions differently.

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136 comments, Last at 04 May 2012, 4:15pm by rajwoodson

21 Apr 2006, 10:50am by Guest

Heisman Trophy vs. Golden Spikes

Next weekend, while Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart are being feted in New York City, their baseball equivalents will be quietly going about their business in Wichita and Salt Lake City. Jim Baker from Baseball Prospectus takes a look at which award produces better pros: the Heisman or the Golden Spikes. Test yourself before you read: Can you guess the only school to produce both award winners in the same year, or the only award winners from the same year who currently play in the same city?

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43 comments, Last at 25 Apr 2006, 9:19am by Trogdor